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Acoustics tips

Improve acoustics with special wall art, and reduce echoes at home or in the office. Acoustics can be a challenge in homes and workplaces. Acoustic problems manifest themselves in annoying echoes and difficulties in hearing others, they can prove a source of irritation, are poor for concentration and can even cause headaches. Acoustic panels are an excellent way to create a quieter, more relaxing, environment, curtains, rugs, fabric furniture, and accessories all also help. With small, often simple adjustments, you can get rid of echoes in no time. Discover all the tips for improving your acoustics on this page.

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Practical tips to improve the acoustics in your living room or office

Helping you to enjoy every room in your home or office can involve more than just adding a nice photo print or painting. For those who are plagued with echoes and reverberation, we produce wall art with special acoustic panelling.

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Practical tips to improve acoustics

We’ve added more detail below, but here’s a handy checklist:

  • Split large spaces
  • Think about ways to cover windows
  • Dampen the floor with rugs
  • Choose fabric furniture
  • Place home accessories such as plants
  • Hang acoustic wall art with soundproof panels (art frame)

Where does that echo actually come from?

Hard smooth surfaces in a room reflect sound and, as a result, can cause a disturbing echo. Look around the room. How many hard and smooth surfaces do you see? Large windows, smooth plastered walls, and smooth floors are all sound-reflective. Soft materials absorb sound and reduce your acoustic problem.

Explanatory video: Hard surfaces cause the reflection of sound

A meeting room full of clients and colleagues, a house full of visitors, or a family dinner can sound overwhelming when you have reverberation problems in your home. As sound reverberates through the room, your beautifully designed interior can turn into an acoustic disaster.

Explanatory video: Acoustic paintings absorb sound and reduce reverberation

Echoes are, first and foremost, very annoying. But poor acoustics have greater disadvantages. Echoes can be intrinsically tiring. The noise decreases intelligibility and makes it difficult to concentrate. Poor acoustics at home or in the office waste valuable energy.

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Useful tips to improve acoustics in the home

You can improve acoustics in many ways. Our advice is to experiment with adjusting and adding. Fairly simple solutions can have significant effects.

Improve acoustics with curtains

Large windows bring a lot of light into your home, and that's great! Unfortunately, those same windows also create a lot of sound reverberation. To reduce these echoes, you can add good curtains. Roller or pleated blinds can also help, as can any softer materials in the area of large windows.

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Dampen the floor

Back in the days when everyone had carpet in the living room, there were fewer problems with acoustics. With sleeker more modern looks, think poured concrete, tiles, and ceramic parquet, your acoustics can suffer. Installing carpet works well but rugs might also be an option. A high-pile rug in the sitting area immediately improves the acoustics in your living room.

Create nooks and more enclosed spaces

You are likely to have an echo in large rooms with long walls. By dividing the room, you can interrupt the sound waves and improve the acoustics. For example, create corners by placing a bookcase, as a room divider. This new layout of your home or office is immediately more homely and prevents sounds from echoing throughout the room.

Choose fabric furniture

When choosing new furniture, people don’t typically think about home acoustics. Yet well-upholstered furniture can be excellent at preventing irritating echoes. Whereas hard materials, such as leather and stone, reflect sound, fabric furniture is actually absorbent. Opt perhaps for a large fabric sofa or upholstered chairs. It increases comfort and reduces echoes. Do you prefer leather sofas? Then think about fabric cushions to dampen the sound.

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Accessories improve acoustics

Curtains, fabric furniture, and a rug on the floor improve the acoustics in your living room, but that is often not enough. Especially in large rooms, where reverberation can be persistent. Do you still hear an echo? Then start working with accessories to absorb even more sound and break up reverberation. Consider large plants, a bookcase, felt storage boxes and sound-absorbing paintings on the wall.

Do you prefer a sleeker, more minimalistic, look? Check out special sound-absorbing panels for the ceiling. These acoustic panels absorb sound and break the reflection of sound waves. If you choose panels in the same colour as your ceiling, they are almost invisible!

Good to know: Ribbed and puckered surfaces absorb more sound than smooth surfaces.

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An acoustic art print: beautiful and practical

Why not combine the useful with the pleasant and opt for an acoustic painting? This looks like ordinary wall art, but 'secretly' features sound-absorbing panels. Great for improving the acoustics in your home.

To transform a sound absorbing panel into acoustic art, choose your favourite artwork with us and order it as an Art Frame with added acoustic panelling. This gives both beauty and functionality. The printed textile of an Art Frame can also be changed for another image without having to replace and remove the frame or acoustic panelling.

Examples of acoustic wall art

  • Customer photo: Houses on the Achterzaan Artist-Claude Monet by Lars van de Goor, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Girl with a Pearl Earring  -  the milkmaid - Johannes Vermeer by Lia Morcus, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Meisje met de Parel - The Metallic Edition by Marja van den Hurk, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Fierce by Jacky, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Flourish by Jesper Krijgsman, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Gwendolyn and the Tulips by Marja van den Hurk, on art frame
  • Customer photo: The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1859), on art frame
  • Customer photo: Fierce by Jacky, on art frame
  • Customer photo: David Bowie by Stephen Finer, on art frame
  • Customer photo: La Femme au Chapeau by Marja van den Hurk, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Sandy Balance I, Mary Urban by Wild Apple, on art frame
  • Customer photo: The Age Of Innocence by Jacky, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Almond blossom by Vincent van Gogh (Ochre), on art frame
  • Customer photo: Modern, Abstract Digital Artwork in Grey Orange by Art By Dominic, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Mathieu van der Poel wins in Siena by Leon van Bon, on art frame
  • Customer photo: "Royal Respect" Floral Still Life by Sander Van Laar, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Wildflower autumn I by Munich Art Prints, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Portrait of Adriana Croes, Johannes Cornelisz. Painted by Verspronck in pencil by Maarten Knops, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Keep the balance by Carla Mesken-Dijkhoff, on art frame
  • Customer photo: Beauty is simple. by Carla Mesken-Dijkhoff, on art frame

Acoustics are best tackled - in our opinion - by making small improvements repeatedly. There is no single solution that solves all problems, but Art Frame may well be part of the solution.

FAQ about our acoustic wall art

Canvas itself has no acoustic function. It does have a slightly absorbent function, like a rug, for example.

Are you looking for a material that can optimally help improve acoustics? Then check out art frame.

When you choose for Art Frame, you get the following components:

  • An easily assemblable aluminium Art Frame
  • The art print itself. This is printed on a flexible fabric with a rubber edge that is easily pressable into the frame.
  • Optional with sound-absorbing panels. This allows you to improve acoustics.

The product comes as a kit and is very easy to assemble.

Art Frame can be purchased with sound absorbing panels which are placed invisibly behind the textile print

The textile contains microscopic holes which allow sound to pass through print and into the sound-absorbing panels.

The acoustic material, polyester wool, is made from recycled PET bottles. The material produces no dust, contains no chemical binders, and is kind to the skin. In addition, it is non-toxic and 100% recyclable. Also important to us.

Good to know: The panels are delivered to size.

The polyester wool has a density of 20 Kg per m³ and has excellent sound absorption and thermal properties and is kind to the skin.

The material produces no dust and contains no chemical binders. In addition, it is non-toxic and 100% recyclable.

Art Frame is delivered as a self-assembly kit, including a handy Allen key. It is packaged in a sturdy cardboard box.

Have you ordered sound absorbing panels? These are delivered to size.

A courier will collect the parcel from us and deliver it directly to your home or office. We work with couriers who are used to handling fragile parcels.

This is how we help you find your perfect wall art

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